Election Process Continues
The nominating committee has slated Mat Lewis, Colorado (second term); Charles Linhart, Iowa (second term); Harris Mosher, Pennsylvania (second term); John Goodish, Pennsylvania; and Fred Wacker, Montana, as candidates for the NALF board. All candidates (nominated or member-at-large) will have their biographies published in the December issue of Limousin World and will be placed on the official ballot.
Those unable to attend the annual meeting in Denver may submit a written request for absentee ballots from the NALF office before December 1. The office will not accept requests after that date. Once members complete and sign their absentee ballots, they should return them to NALF’s official accountant prior to December 31.
Certified Performance Herds to be Recognized
In August 2010, the NALF board of directors voted to recognize those participating in the LIMS program with the distinction of Certified Performance Herd. Producers of Certified Performance Herds will be recognized at the Annual Meeting held during the National Western Stock Show.
Along with the Certified Performance Herd distinction, participation in LIMS offers the opportunity to save money on registrations and transfers and the ability to build EPD accuracy through data submission. If you are interested in utilizing the LIMS program and its many benefits, please contact Mary Zilk in the NALF office.
Strong EPDs Rely on Breeders’ Submissions
The deadline to submit data for the next international Limousin genetic evaluation is November 15.
That deadline is especially important for producers of Lim-Flex® progeny from Angus or Red Angus parents that are not in the NALF herdbook. Without the data, their expected progeny differences (EPDs) will not be available for winter show programs or spring marketing materials.
Birth, weaning and yearling performance data are necessary for reliable EPDs, and breeders’ data are the raw material from which NALF computes genetic predictions. The breed’s competitive advantages and genetic improvement depend on breeders’ data collection and submission.
One key to determining an animal’s genetic merit is to mitigate environmental effects on performance. A contemporary group does that because it includes cattle of the same sex, within a similar percentage-Limousin group, that were born within a 90-day period, that have been managed alike, and weighed on the same date (excluding birth weight). More information is available in the article about successful performance programs in the “Genetic Evaluation” section of the NALF website.
Preliminary MOE Point Standings Available
Medal of Excellence (MOE) point standings are available on the NALF website. The standings are not reflective of data submission. To remain eligible for the MOE year-end recognitions, exhibitors must submit their animals’ required performance data by December 1; birth, weaning and yearling weights are required for all animals; a bull’s scrotal measurement must be submitted at one year of age; a breeding soundness exam and semen test must also be reported if they are over 400 days of age. Females that will be 600 days of age by 12/31/11 must report a pregnancy test. Direct all MOE questions to Kasey Woolam in the NALF office.
Fort Worth Stock Show
The 2012 Fort Worth Stock Show will be a Level I Medal of Excellence Show. The show will be at 9 a.m. January 28 and Jonathan Perry of Fayetteville, Tennessee, will officiate. Entries are due November 15 and are available at www.fwssr.com. If you have any questions about MOE events, contact Kasey Woolam in the NALF office.
NWSS Schedule Announced
Most entries for the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver are due November 20.
Tuesday, January 3
8:00 a.m.—Begin arrival for Hill and Yard cattle; must be in place by 3:00 p.m. Friday
Saturday, January 7
Afternoon—Hill Cattle Check-in
Sunday, January 8
Morning—NALF Board Meeting
Afternoon—Yard Bull Check-in
Evening —NALF Board, ELA & Membership Social
Monday, January 9
Noon—Bulls and Burgers in the Yards
Evening—Membership Banquet and Genetics on Ice
Tuesday, January 10
8:00 a.m.—Junior Limousin and
3:00 p.m.—Limousin Sale Cattle Parade
6:00 p.m.—National Limousin Sale
Wednesday, January 11
8:00 a.m.—MOE Limousin and Lim-Flex Show
3:00 p.m.—Begin Hill Release
9:00 p.m.—All Hill Cattle out of Barn
Thursday, January 12
8:00 a.m.—Limousin and Lim-Flex Pen and Carload Show
5:00 p.m.—Begin Yard Release
Do You Have a Reservation?
The Renaissance Denver Hotel at 3801 Quebec Street will be the Limousin breed’s headquarters during the 2012 National Western Stock Show. Rooms are available at the Renaissance for $94 per night if you mention the “North American Limousin Foundation” when you make your reservations by December 9. Contact the Renaissance at 303/399-7500.
While you’re at it, be sure to reserve your banquet tickets from the NALF office. The annual membership banquet and Genetics on Ice auction will be Monday, January 9, starting at 6:00 p.m.
Nominations Sought for Commercial Program Awards
NALF honors a Commercial Producer of the Year, a Commercial Marketing Booster of the Year, and a Limousin Promoter of the Year during the NWSS. Download a new nomination form for each of those awards from the “Programs” section of the NALF website, or request copies from the NALF office. This year’s nominations must be on the new (July 2010) forms, and they are due in the NALF office December 1.
Help Your Customers Help Themselves
Help your bull customers market their feeder calves through the Limousin Sale Barn. Go to the NALF home page, click the ‘Sale Barn’ tab, then follow the directions to list calves for sale. Whether consigning to an auction or selling by private treaty, the online classifieds are a free, easy way to help ensure every bidder possible (including Strauss Brands and Laura’s Lean Beef) competes for your calves and your customers’ calves.
NALF also is promoting a number of special Limousin-influenced feeder-calf sales around the country. Find the list via the “News” section of the website.
Breeder Co-Ops Support Advertising
The Breeder Cooperative Advertising Program helps breeders share a cohesive Limousin message nationwide. NALF will cost-share 25 percent of qualifying ad expenses with groups of two to six breeders.
Find the program guidelines and application form in the “Programs” section of the NALF website or contact the NALF office.
Find Holiday Cards, Gifts Online
Visit www.boelte.com/cards on the Web to order Limousin greeting cards. Several designs are available. The proceeds from each order benefit NALJA.
Also check out the “Promotional Merchandise” section of the NALF website. NALF has a new cap this year and supplies are limited.